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'Better for Her Majesty not to know': palace letters reveal Queen's role in sacking of Australian PM Whitlam | The Guardian |

Governor general John Kerr canvassed Queen and her personal secretary about his powers to dismiss Gough Whitlam but did not forewarn them.

Secret correspondence between Buckingham Palace and the governor general of Australia reveal discussion of a "last resort" option to dismiss then prime minister Gough Whitlam, but the final decision on the sacking was kept from the Queen as it "was better for Her Majesty not to know in advance".

The 211 letters, dubbed the palace letters, were finally released on Tuesday, after a four-year court battle launched by historian Jenny Hocking to remove one of the final veils of secrecy still shrouding one of Australia's greatest political crises.

That crisis reached its peak on 11 November 1975, when Kerr sacked Whitlam.

by Oui on Tue Jul 14th, 2020 at 07:22:04 AM EST

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